2.1 Managing libraries

The philosophy behind COUPLE consists in allowing engineers to collect all their models in one place, and use them multiple times and in different configurations according to their needs. Some components (e.g. bushings) get used multiple times in one assembly or even re-used in different variants through the years. We do not want you to lose time looking for them in old folders or having to import all the datasets again and again. For this reason, we have created what we call Libraries, in which you can store all your datasets and easily search, categorize and filter them. You can save multiple libraries in COUPLE and activate and deactivate them according to your current needs. And finally, you can easily share libraries with your colleagues.

Accessing libraries

The libraries can be found on the homepage of COUPLE.

To access the libraries, complete the next step:

  1. Click the Home button.
  2. Click Libraries.

Creating new libraries

A library is a container in which you can store all the components you need.

To create a new library from scratch, complete the next steps:

  1. Click .
  2. Browse the correct location.
  3. Type the desired library name.
  4. Click Save.

Importing libraries

If you or one of your colleagues have already created a library and you want to use it, you can directly import it into COUPLE.

To import an existing library, complete the next steps:

  1. Click . A new library will appear in the list.
  2. Click in correspondence of the new library.
  3. Browse the correct location.
  4. Select the library.
  5. Click Open.

You can rename the library by double-clicking on the default name.

Activating and deactivating libraries

If you have different projects, you might have multiple libraries imported. To speed up the calculations, you can deactivate the libraries you do not need .

To activate and deactivate libraries, complete the next step:

  1. Check or uncheck the Active checkbox.

Adding models to libraries

To use your models in COUPLE, you first need to add them to a library. You can find all the supported model types and formats here.

To add a model to a library, complete the next steps:

  1. Click on the Tools card, a new window will open.
  2. Browse the directory of the model.
  3. Drag and drop the model to the right side.
  4. Fill in the desired information.
  5. Select the library where you want to import the model (at the bottom of the window).
  6. Click Import.

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